Shots fired through house where children were present

CHAMPAIGN - Champaign County sheriff's deputies are looking for the person who fired a gun early today that sent bullets through a northwest Champaign home where children were playing video games.

Sgt. Dave Sherrick said at 12:03 a.m. Friday, his deputies received two calls that  shots had been fired in the 1500 block of Queens Way in the Dobbins Downs subdivision. 

"After checking the area, we found a residence with bullet holes on the front side," he said.

Sherrick said there were four children, ages 7 to 14, alone in the house. An adult had recently left, he said. Some of the children were in the living room playing video games and were apparently unaware of what had happened.

"They said they heard something hit the house," Sherrick said. "Fortunately, nobody was hurt."

Sherrick said it took a while for deputies to find the house that had been hit. Often, shots fired calls don't turn up anything for them.

"When you get two calls, it's more likely that is actually what occurred," he said, adding the calls came from a home down the street and another across the street from the home.

The callers reported hearing a vehicle speed off. 

Deputies were out there about two hours looking for evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 217-384-1213 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.

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localeducator wrote on December 06, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Hello readers,

I am a local educator and I find level the of gun violence in our community deplorable. Another deplorable part of this story is that there were four children, aged 7 to 14, awake and playing video games at 12am. How are our students suppose to learn if they are not getting adequate amount of sleep? I understand that parents must work but this is a reminder that home life is major factor in a students' success in school. My main point is that the environment in our community has just as much impact as our teachers. As a community we should ensure that every student is ready to learn and be as upset at the violence as well as the disregard to the needs of the children in the house.

Thank you. 

alabaster jones 71 wrote on December 06, 2013 at 11:12 pm
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Well, if they go to Unit 4 schools, it's not like they'll be learning anything there anyway.

Especially if you are their teacher....wow!  "I find level the of gun violence"....what the heck is that?  It's "supposed to," not "suppose to."  "Home life is major factor?"   And learn to use a comma every once in a while.

"be as upset at the violence as well as the disregard to the needs of the children in the house"  Good lord...I don't even know where to begin with this one.